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AT & SF Railway paperweight

AT & SF Railway paperweight
Date: between 1870 and 1900
In the 1870's and 1880's Great Britain made large investments in the Santa Fe Railroad. Lion paperweights, including this one, were made in England and distributed to Santa Fe Railroad stations, offices, and personnel. The lion is a symbol of Great Britain.


Anna Freud correspondence

Anna Freud correspondence
Creator: Freud, Anna, 1895-1982
Date: 1936-1971
These are handwritten and typed letters, mostly outgoing, from Anna Freud to Karl Menninger, Rudolph Ekstein, May D. Lee, and other Menninger Foundation staff. Anna Freud was the youngest child of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Topics include publishing and requesting reprints, visits (or apologizing for not visiting), professional organizations and conferences, comments and critiques on writings, family deaths, and greeting cards. Anna Freud came to the Menninger Clinic in Topeka on multiple occasions during the 1960s. These papers are part of the historic psychiatry material in the Menninger Archives.


Anna Townsend Quantic

Anna Townsend Quantic
Creator: Henwood, C.
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
This is a photograph of Anna Townsend Quantic, who immigrated to the United States from England. She was born in Summersetshire, England, September 1, 1864. Anna left England and came to Riley County, Kansas, where she met and married Thomas G. Quantic. Their first home was in Keats, Kansas and they later moved to a farm south of Riley, Kansas. They had three children Hermina Mealina Quantic Harrison, Berton Townsend Quantic, and Madeline Susan Quantic Bohnenblust. Anna was involved in the Ladies Aid Society and served as president of the organization. She was also a member of the Riley Neighborhood Club. Ann died April 10, 1930, and is buried at the Riley cemetery.


Birthday postcard

Birthday postcard
Creator: Raphael Tuck & Sons
Date: 1913
Birthday postcard. Greeting on obverse reads "A Birthday Gift. I want to be an artist To paint pictures just for you, So when each birthday comes around I can send you quite a few" beside an image of a boy painting at an easel. To Joe Cochran from Marjorie on July 26, 1913. No stamp or postmark. Raphael Tuck & Sons' "Birthday Children" Series of Postcards No 193, printed in Saxony.


Carry Amelia Nation

Carry Amelia Nation
Creator: Nation, Carry Amelia Moore, 1846-1911
Date: Around 1900
Carry Amelia Nation, 1846-1911, of Medicine Lodge, Kansas on the steps of the Temperance Hotel in London, England during a speaking tour of England.


Carry Nation's bible

Carry Nation's bible
Creator: Oxford University Press
Date: 1908
Inscribed black leather Bible that belonged to Carry A. Nation, a devout Christian and nationally recognized temperance advocate. The Scottish Home-Workers Association presented this Bible to Nation on December 23, 1908, while she traveled through Great Britain on a speaking tour. Nation, a resident of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, was internationally known for attacking drinking establishments with a hatchet to discourage drinking. Nation was frequently jailed for her acts of vandalism. The inscription in this Bible reads, "Scottish Home-workers Association. Presented to Mrs. Carry Nation at the opening of the first annual Home-workers Exhibition in Glasgow. For services rendered in the interests of Home Industry." On the back pages, Nation made penciled notes regarding certain passages that reference infidels, woman, the curse of wealth, and the Republican Party. Callie Moore, Nation's niece and protégé, accompanied Nation on the British speaking tour and later owned this Bible.


Chamber pot

Chamber pot
Creator: Johnson Brothers, Ltd.
Date: between 1900 and 1913
Ceramic chamber pot, part of a multi-piece toilet set made by Johnson Brother Pottery, England. Flow blue pattern with raised foliate designs. Johnson Brothers was one of the largest earthenware manufacturers. The under-glaze flow blue print on this piece was their major product prior to World War I. The toilet set belonged to the Edwin W. Davis family of Leavenworth, Kansas.


Child's dish

Child's dish
Creator: Whittaker & Company
Date: between 1886 and 1892
Whittaker & Company produced this child's plate in Hanley, England. It is part of their Nursery Rhyme series, produced between 1886 and 1892. The transfer printed image depicts the nursery rhyme, "Hey Diddle Diddle."


Conference of Kansa Indians with the United States' Commissioner of Indian Affairs

Conference of Kansa Indians with the United States' Commissioner of Indian Affairs
Date: 1857
Photo of an illustration from "The Illustrated London News" of a conference of Kansa Indians with the United States' Commissioner of Indian Affairs


Dorothy Airgood interview, Kinsley, Kansas

Dorothy Airgood interview, Kinsley, Kansas
Creator: Airgood, Dorothy Irene (Silvester)
Date: September 30, 2011
This transcript of an interview with Dorothy Airgood is part of an oral history project entitled "Patterns of Change, Edwards County, Kansas 1950-1970" conducted by the Kinsley Public Library. The project was supported by a Kansas Humanities Council Heritage Grant. Airgood talks of her family, education, military career, and her memories of the Edwards County community.


Double Star quilt

Double Star quilt
Date: between 1830 and 1880
Elaborately quilted blue and white cotton bedcover pieced in Double Star pattern, with 12 blocks separated by wide bands of white sashing. Ornate quilted designs include circular floral wreaths and trailing feathers on borders. This quilt may have been made in England by ancestors of Anna May Bear. It probably was used in Massachusetts for many years before coming to Kansas with the Robert Gorman family.


Doulton and Company Earthenware Bottle from 14MY1302

Doulton and Company Earthenware Bottle from 14MY1302
Date: 1854-1956
This fragment of an earthenware bottle was collected from an Early Ceramic camp site in Montgomery County, with intrusions of Historic period artifacts. The bottle was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1975. Though not much of the bottle remains it still has a story to tell. It may have held beer at one time and was manufactured in Lambeth, London, England by Doulton and Company, makers of stonewares and earthenwares.


Electric hairbrush

Electric hairbrush
Creator: Pall Mall Electric Association
Date: between 1904 and 1910
Dr. Scott's Electric Hair Brush. Ornately decorated blue-green hard rubber brush with black bristles. Also includes the original carboard box and enclosed catalog. George August Scott's hairbrushes and other "electric" devices were widely popular in the United States throughout the 1880s. The handles of the brushes were embedded with a slightly magnetized iron or steel rod, and they were often packaged with a small compass to demonstrate their power. Scott's company, the Pall Mall Electric Association, was based in London, although they also had offices in New York.


English Gunflint from a possible Kansa Site, 14SH302

English Gunflint from a possible Kansa Site, 14SH302
Date: 1820-1848
This gunflint was recovered from 14SH302 and donated to the Kansas Historical Society. This gunflint, quarried and manufactured in southern England, could have been used to generate a spark in a flintlock musket or pistol or as strike-a-lights for lighting a fire. This gunflint has a single dorsal arris (a sharp edge). 14SH302 is the possible location of American Chief's Village, the smallest of three Kansa Indian Villages in Shawnee County.


English Gunflints from the 102 Steel Point Site, 14MO414

English Gunflints from the 102 Steel Point Site, 14MO414
Date: 1847-1874
These three gunflints were recovered from an archeological site in Morris County during a 2006 survey by a Kansas Historical Society archeologists and Kansas Anthropological Association volunteers. The gunflints were all quarried and manufactured in southern England. Gunflints were used to generate a spark in a flintlock musket or pistol and as strike-a-lights for lighting a fire. Two of the gunflints have a single dorsal arris, while the third has two dorsal arrises. The site had multiple occupations from the Archaic period to the late 1800s. The site may have been one of three Kansa sites along the Neosho River.


Funeral of Edith Cavell, Bruxelles, Belgium

Funeral of Edith Cavell, Bruxelles, Belgium
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: 1919
The ceremony honoring the executed British nurse Edith Cavell was held in Brussels, Belgium, May 15, 1919. In 1915, Cavell had been arrested by the Germans and accused of helping British and French war prisoners escape to Holland. She admitted she was guilty as charged. On October 12, 1915, she was executed by a firing squad. After the war ended her body was exhumed and repatriated to Britain where she was re-buried in Norwich Cathedral. Captain Hughes and much of the Army of Occupation was in Brussels, Belgium, May 15, 1919, when the ceremony was held. James C. Hughes, as part of the 35th Division, left Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he boarded the troop ship "Ceramic" on May 18, 1918. Hughes arrived in Liverpool, England, on June 1, 1918 and then landed at Le Havre, France, on June 9, 1918. Hughes fought in the battles of St. Michael and the Meuse-Argonne. He was at Verdun on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. He took no photos of the actual fighting. He did take many photographs after the war as part of the Army of Occupation until he left France on July 18, 1919. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.James C. Hughes, as part of the 35th Division, left Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he boarded the troop ship "Ceramic" on May 18, 1918. Hughes arrived in Liverpool, England, on June 1, 1918 and then landed at Le Havre, France, on June 9, 1918. Hughes fought in the battles of St. Michael and the Meuse-Argonne. He was at Verdun on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. He took no photos of the actual fighting. He did take many photographs after the war as part of the Army of Occupation until he left France on July 18, 1919. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.


Funeral of Edith Cavell, Bruxelles, Belgium

Funeral of Edith Cavell, Bruxelles, Belgium
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: 1919
The ceremony honoring the executed British nurse Edith Cavell was held in Brussels, Belgium, May 15, 1919. In 1915, Cavell had been arrested by the Germans and accused of helping British and French war prisoners escape to Holland. She admitted she was guilty as charged. On October 12, 1915, she was executed by a firing squad. After the war ended her body was exhumed and repatriated to Britain where she was re-buried in Norwich Cathedral. Captain Hughes and much of the Army of Occupation was in Brussels, Belgium, May 15, 1919, when the ceremony was held. James C. Hughes, as part of the 35th Division, left Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he boarded the troop ship "Ceramic" on May 18, 1918. Hughes arrived in Liverpool, England, on June 1, 1918 and then landed at Le Havre, France, on June 9, 1918. Hughes fought in the battles of St. Michael and the Meuse-Argonne. He was at Verdun on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. He took no photos of the actual fighting. He did take many photographs after the war as part of the Army of Occupation until he left France on July 18, 1919. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.


Hannah Russell to Mary Brown

Hannah Russell to Mary Brown
Creator: Russell, Hannah Ripley
Date: December 15, 1861
This letter, written by Hannah Russell from Salem, Massachusetts, on two different dates, was addressed to Mary Brown, the name of both her sister and niece. Russell primarily discusses local efforts in Massachusetts to make clothing for soldiers and those who had escaped from slavery. She told Mary that the antislavery society would send garments to Lawrence on the condition that they would only be given to fugitive slaves. Russell also expressed her fear of a military attack on the United States by Great Britain. A searchable, full-text version of this letter is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Harry Turbet Taylor's World War II letters

Harry Turbet Taylor's World War II letters
Creator: Taylor, Harry Turbet
Date: September 20, 1942 - October 2, 1944
A collection of three photos and letters written by Lt. Harry Turbet Taylor (a.k.a. Tea and H. T.) to the G. S. Houdyshell family in Topeka, Kansas. Taylor, a member of the Eighth U.S. Air Force and later the Ninth U.S. Air Force, served as a B-26 Marauder pilot during World War II in England. The letters were transcribed by Mary Lou Houdyshell Anderson, Taylor's niece. Included in the collection are an account written by Taylor telling about an incident where his plane was hit by flak in a bombing run at Noball (V-11) Launch Site and biographical information.


Historic Psychiatry original miscellaneous documents

Historic Psychiatry original miscellaneous documents
Date: 1751 - 1961
These are a variety of handwritten and typed letters, lectures, autographs, news clippings, biographical information, images and sketches, court documents, and other documents related to the history of psychiatry. These documents are housed in four boxes and the folders within are arranged alphabetically by surname or title, and they are included in the larger collection of historic psychiatry material in the Menninger Archives. Authors come from such fields as medicine, religion, prison and other reform and advocacy movements, politics, the military, etc. The documents themselves sometimes provide significant information, and sometimes they were collected because their authors were significant historical figures. Some of the individuals found in Box 1 include James Mark Baldwin, Ludwig Binswanger, Eugen Bleuler, Jean-Martin Charcot, Elizabeth Fry, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Carl Jung. Some of the individuals found in Box 2 include Alfred Adler, Robert Frost, and Washinton Irving. This box also includes a 68-page handwritten notebook by Dr. W.W. Reed entitled "Reminiscenses About the Treatment of the Insane." Some of the individuals found in Box 3 include Amariah Brigham and Frederick van Eeden. This box also includes a correspondence file (1883-1888) on Ellen Kehoe, a patient at the Worcester Lunatic Hospital in Massachusetts, and a series of drawings from the 1920s and 1930s by a Belgian patient suffering from paranoia named Andreas at the Kankakee State Hospital in Illinois. The drawings were donated by Dr. J.B. Gier, formerly of the Topeka Veteran's Administration Hospital, who knew the patient and encouraged his work. Box 4 includes a miscellaneous folder regarding insane asylums and contains legal documents, postcard images, and receipts for services. Languages include English, German, French and Italian, and transcriptions or translations follow some of the documents.


Interview on experiences in World War II

Interview on experiences in World War II
Creator: Warner, Ida Sellers
Date: Oct. 28, 1981
Ida Sellers Warner enlisted in the WAC (Women's Army Corps) in 1943 and served until 1945 in the Ninth Air Corps. Interviewed by Carolyn Sayler on Jan 1, 1901, Warner talked about military experiences in the Second World War. This transcript was for a newspaper article to be written by Carolyn Sayler for the Lyons Daily News in October 1981. It was collected as part of this oral history project. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Rice County Historical Society (Lyons) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Joesph Romig to George W. Martin

Joesph Romig to George W. Martin
Creator: Romig, Joseph
Date: May 13, 1907
In this letter to George W. Martin of the Kansas State Historical Society, Moravian missionary Joseph Romig, who was a missionary in Franklin County, Kansas, from 1862-1871 and 1900-1905, discusses historical events related to Moravian missionaries. In particular, Romig discusses the history of the "Christian" Indians who lived in the area that became Kansas Territory in 1854. In addition, Romig discusses the Chippewas and their chief Francis McCoouse, a French Canadian who "was one of twenty one delegates who visited their Great Father King George of England."


John A. Gersic to Mrs. Joseph Gersic

John A. Gersic to Mrs. Joseph Gersic
Creator: Gersic, John A. 1897-1918
Date: June 6, 1918
John A. Gersic writes a letter to his mother while in England. Gersic lived in Kansas City, Kansas, at 266 N 5th St. He served in Bat. C. 129th Field Artillery during World War I.


John H. Plumb World War I scrapbook

John H. Plumb World War I scrapbook
Creator: Plumb, John H.
Date: 1911-1919
A scrapbook created by John H. Plumb containing photographs documenting Plumb's training and service in World War I, taken mostly between November 6, 1917 to July 3, 1919. The scrapbook is entitled "Some Great Events of the Great War." It contains pictures of aviation and flights in Kansas as early as 1911, including Plumb's first plane ride in 1915. It also includes Plumb's medals earned at La Marne, France, and at the Battle of St. Mihiel in 1918. The bulk of the photographs document Plumb's training in the United States, departure from New York, arrival and activities in Sheffield, England, and service in France. Also included are photographs of naval battles and factory scenes manufacturing weapons. The photographs are arranged chronologically by event.


Kansas pennant

Kansas pennant
Date: between 1917 and 1919
Red and blue wool pennant with letters spelling "KANSAS" appliqued across the center. Reverend A. Frank Johnson carried the pennant with him while working in Europe at the end of World War I. According to his application for a U.S. passport, Johnson traveled to England, France, and Italy with the Y.M.C.A. He reportedly served as the chaplain for the 140th Infantry, 35th Division.


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